Ben Hur

Ben Hur

by  Patrick Barlow

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard
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Ben Hur
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on one of the timeless stories of one of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century, this stage adaptation condenses the epic tale so that it can be told by just four actors (or it can be expanded for a cast of up to twenty-six). The story follows an amateur theatre troupe as they produce the massive tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant Judah Ben-Hur. He falls to galley slave and rises to champion charioteer within Jerusalem during the life of Jesus Christ, while the actors struggle along through the piece as rivalries form and offstage romances interfere. Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularized by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told. 

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"[...] more quick changes and tomfoolery than an entire run of Monty Python." - The Guardian, Read More 

"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard, Read More 


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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The Ancient Roman Empire 1-30 AD
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


3m, 1f
ACTOR 1 - Melchior, Ben-Hur, Nubian dancer.
ACTOR 2 - Caspar, Archangel Gabriel, Messala, Jesus, Galley Captain, Roman Captain, Galley Slave 2, Nubian dancer, Valentinyo.
ACTOR 3 - Mary, Tirzah, Esther, Ancient Slave, Nubian dancer, Catalinya, Naboth, Mrs Pilate. 
ACTOR 4 - Balthasar, Sara, Centurion, Slave-driver, Quintus Arrius, Pontius Pilate.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)


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Patrick Barlow

Besides his version of Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Patrick’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played off-Broadway and London’s West End while his 4-person adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier, Helpmann, Moliere and Tony Awards and making Patrick the m ...

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Ben Hur premiered at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, UK in July 2012 under the direction of Sean Foley and Patrick Barlow.

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